Janus is the ancient Roman god of beginnings and transitions; he looks to the past and to the future. Janus is usually depicted with two faces. I’d like to re-appropriate this ancient archetype as the god of transitioning genders for the first book I will review by L.A. Witt that was just reissued in January. Then… read more

Winter Tales

Winter is one of the most magical of seasons, at once dark and luminous. The winter holidays also carry with them some of our deepest memories of the old religion present in the Solstice wreath, the Yule tree, and the holly and the ivy. The first two romances I review in this month’s “Book Lovers”… read more

The Books of Mormons

Dick Smart on “the surprising breadth of influence that Mormonism has had on contemporary gay literature.”… read more


Welcome Back, Joe Joe Harding has come home after an eighteen-month tour of duty in Vietnam in Elliott Mackle’s latest Joe Harding book, Welcome Home, Captain Harding from Lethe Press. Mackle has a way of opening our eyes to the present by remembering the past. Just as our Afghan troops are recycled in and out… read more

Dangerous Boys

Sam Cameron’s Dangerous Boys Books Hardy Boys move over, the Anderson Twins are diving to their next crime scene. Navy veteran Sam Cameron is well on her way to creating this generation’s most iconic YA mystery-adventure series in her award-winning “Fisher Key Adventure” novels from the Soliloquy imprint from Bold Strokes Books. Our young heroes… read more

Book Lovers: Raining Men

Rick R. Reed’s Raining Men It’s Raining Men (Dreamspinner Press, 2013) for Bobby Nelson in this superb sequel to Rick R. Reed’s best-seller, Chaser, and though Bobby’s hot looks (he describes himself as “fortunate”) and horn-dog attitude keep him awash in men, his soul is as dried up as a desert lake bed. Fans of the popular Chaser may remember Bobby as the kind of romance… read more

Jay Bell: Something Like Love

Jay Bell, the winner of the 25th annual Lambda Literary Award in Gay Romance for his novel, Kamikaze Boys (Jay Bell Books), lives in Germany with his husband, artist and industrial designer Andreas Bell. I asked Jay how the two met…. read more

And the Winner is...

Envy the judges who were privileged to weigh the merits of the five finalists in Gay Romance for the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, but pity them, too, because they can only pick one winner, a task I would personally find impossible to do. The reader of any of these outstanding gay romances will be… read more

Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Dreams Come True

Missionary Position Companions (Nich’ooni) is an astonishingly powerful self-published novel by Jed A. Bryan (BecHavn,2012) that explores two unfamiliar American folk cultures, the Mormon Church and the Navajo Nation. In 1968, young Anglo missionary, Elder Johnny McKay is teamed up with his Pueblo-German missionary companion, Elder Geoffrey Rama, to preach the Mormon faith to “God’s… read more